Sanitary Sewer



Weather dependent – The Woodridge Sanitary Project will begin construction along Crabtree Avenue, east of Woodridge Drive, the week of February 12th, 2024. Crabtree Avenue will have road and/or lane closures along Crabtree Avenue for the duration of this phase of the project which is estimated to be 4 to 5 weeks (weather dependent).

During the construction along Crabtree Avenue, traffic along Crabtree Avenue and the north/south streets connecting to Crabtree including, Walnut, Sprucewood, Catalpa, Willow and Deerfield, will be modified to limit drivers turning on to Crabtree during construction.  Deerfield will remain open the longest for student drop off at the Crabtree cul-de-sac.  However, Deerfield will be closed also when the contractor nears this intersection.

The Village of Woodridge is completing sanitary sewer improvements on the Crabtree sanitary interceptor sewer.  The interceptor sewer carries the waste water (sewage) for the larger service area, or sewer basin, to the treatment plant.  The project was awarded to Benchmark Construction in 2023. The Village has also hired RJN Engineering to serve as project construction engineers for this project. 

The project includes:

  • Upsizing of various sections of the existing sanitary interceptor sewer main along Crabtree Creek west of Woodridge Drive, and east of Westview Lane;
  • Installation of a new sanitary sewer main on Crabtree Avenue from the cul-de-sac near Murphy School to Woodridge Drive;
  • Disconnection of the residential sanitary services on Crabtree Avenue from the interceptor sewer and reconnection to this new Crabtree Avenue sanitary sewer main;
  • Re-lining of the existing interceptor sewer main on Crabtree Avenue; and,
  • Installation of small sections of storm sewer main.

The purpose of the project is to improve the capacity of the interceptor sewer and further reduce storm water inflow and infiltration on the sewer along with providing a new residential collection sewer on Crabtree Avenue. This sanitary sewer improvement project was estimated to take approximately 5 months to complete (weather dependent) followed by restoration work in the Spring of 2024, including turf restorations and asphalt patching.

The project construction began in October 2023 on the west side of the project and is anticipated to reach the intersection of Woodridge Drive  and Crabtree Avenue in February of 2024. The project construction is then anticipated to begin in the intersection of Woodridge Drive the week of February 5th, 2024 with Woodridge Drive closed at Crabtree Avenue, immediately adjacent to Crabtree Creek (weather dependent). This closure is planned to be completed in one week. A traffic detour route will be posted directing motorists west down Crabtree Avenue to Westview Lane, south on Westview to Everglade Avenue, and east on Everglade back to Woodridge Drive for southbound Woodridge Drive, and then the reverse order on the same streets for northbound Woodridge Drive.

Following the installation of the new sewer through the intersection of Woodridge Drive, the intersection of Woodridge Drive will be reopened.  Construction will then proceed eastward down Crabtree Avenue toward the end point of the project near the Crabtree cul-de-sac. The Village contractor, Benchmark Construction, is anticipating the work along Crabtree Avenue to require approximately 5 weeks to complete. This stretch of the project includes the installation of a new sewer main and reconnection of service lines. During the construction along Crabtree Avenue, traffic along Crabtree Avenue and the north south streets connecting to Crabtree including, Walnut, Sprucewood, Catalpa, Willow and Deerfield, will be modified.  Specifically, the southern end of these five streets will be closed to limit drivers turning on to Crabtree during construction.  The north end of these streets will be signed directing motorists that the road is closed ahead, the south end, to limit through traffic. Residents on these streets will need to travel north to Forest Glen Parkway to exit the subdivision during construction.  Deerfield will remain open the longest for student drop off at the Crabtree cul-de-sac.  However, Deerfield will be closed also when the contractor nears this intersection and the Village is communicating with the schools on this plan.  Residents along Crabtree Avenue will have access and be able to enter and exit the subdivision using north-south streets but the pattern will change as construction progresses east on Crabtree Avenue. 

Please feel free to contact Public Works at (630) 719-4753 with any questions regarding this project.  Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation with this improvement. 

Sanitary Sewer System 

The Public Works Department is responsible for the collection and transmission of both storm and sanitary sewage throughout the community through two (2) separate sewage systems, a Storm Sewer Collection System (rain water) and a Sanitary Sewer Collection System (wastewater). 

Sanitary Sewer Back-Ups

If you are experiencing a sanitary back-up in your home and unaware of the cause of the problem, please call Public Works immediately to have the public sanitary sewer line inspected. You may call during regular business hours at 630-719-4753 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), and after regular business hours and weekends by dialing 9-1-1 and reporting that you have a Woodridge Public Works Department emergency.

Private Sanitary Sewer Incentive ProgramsThe Village of Woodridge offers Private Sanitary Sewer Incentives for five types of projects.  The programs include:
1) Installation of an Overhead Sewer System
2) Installation of a Check Valve within Clean-Out System on the outside of the home
3) Installation of a Check Valve in the home 
4) Installation of a Gate Valve in the home
5) Removal of a Foundation Drain System from the sanitary service and installation of a Sump Pump 

The incentives are aimed at assisting with reducing home sewer back ups and/or reducing stormwater from entering the sanitary system.  Under the program, the Village will reimburse 50% of the installation cost, up to the maximum for the respective project as outlined on the attached Program Overview, following approval and presentation of paid receipts. The program involves securing a building permit through the Woodridge Community Development Department located at 5 Plaza Drive (630-719-4750) prior to the beginning of any work and contracting with a licensed plumber for the complete installation of the improvement.  For more information please contact the Public Works Department at 630-719-4753. 

Parkway RepairsIf any damage occurs to your driveway apron or parkway due to a Village sewer system repair, the Public Works Department will restore the area(s). Repairs will be made as soon as possible. If an area is excavated during the winter, restoration will be done in early spring when materials are available and weather conditions improve.

Sanitary and Storm System "DONT's"In an effort to maintain sanitary sewer service and avoid unnecessary effluent to the sewage treatment plant, or harm receiving watersheds that storm sewers discharge into, please DO NOT:
  • Drain into a sanitary sewer any water from swimming pools, sump pumps, gutter or downspout drainage or similar surface water
  • Drain or dump into a storm sewer any material intended for a sanitary sewer
Drain into any sanitary or storm sewer:
  • Acids
  • Drain oil or other flammable or explosive liquid
  • Excessive fats or any oils
  • Fuel oil
  • Garbage
  • Gasoline
  • Glass
  • Grease
  • Metal
  • Mud
  • Noxious gas
  • Odor producing substances
  • Plastics
  • Rags
  • Sand
  • Shavings
  • Straw
  • Wood
  • Any other material which would cause obstructions to the flow of water or internal damage to pipes or to the sewer system